April 2020


Covid-19 Pandemic how is Emsworth coping? An update

Two weeks after the government issued instructions to: Stay at home Only leave the house for very limited purposes  Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

So, how is Emsworth coping?  The short answer seems to be very well.
All cafés restraints, pubs and shops except food shops and chemists are closed. as are the dentists but the Emsworth Doctors Surgery is working with telephone consultations. Most residents are following the "stay at home" restrictions so that the town is almost devoid of people.




Work started to relocate Emsworth Surgery on January 20th as part of a £3.5m scheme to convert the unused former Victoria Cottage Hospital into a state-of-the-art surgery. The work was due to be completed in January next year and it was hoped that the new surgery could open its doors to its first patients in March 2021.However, (Work was halted on 25 March due to the Coronavirus pandemic.


Within a week a number of business led by Ben Laycock of Emsworth Delicatessen and Anna Tonkin, Oyster Design, had  set up an ordering system and deliveries for local shops, Emsworth Alliance, They also deliver "Home essentials packs" which include eggs, milk,bread, chese, butter, veg, and  meat. 


Although most of the takeaways are closed the Coal exchange in South Street are providing  takeaway meals again from Wednesday 8th after fourteen days self isolation - see the menu HERE and takeaways are also available from:

  • The Blue Bell Inn – 01243 373394
  • Emsworth Delicatessen – 01243 389181
  • The Greenhouse café – 01243 37083

The following shops also have a home delivery service:

  • Emsworth Delicatessen: 01243 389181
  • M R Starr (Butchers and Fishmongers):   01243 372058
  • Tiers (Fruit & Veg:  01243 372447
  • PDN Wines: 01243 377883
  • Vin Wines: 01243 698838



At least one road has established its own self-help scheme by setting up a Facebook page to support vulnerable residents.

Our local MP, Alan Mak, is compiling a list of local residents who would be willing to support isolated and vulnerable members of the community. Click here to complete the volunteer sign-up form. Alan is also working to provide advice and help for households self issolating an with local businesses to deliver essential goods to vunerable residents.
Community First is answering requests for help every day either through their website and  hotline or via their volunteer networks (literally hundreds of people) Help them in some way, either by picking up prescriptions, collecting supplies or putting them in touch with someone to talk to and keep in touch with while they're in isolation.

During the Easter holiday period Emsworth Primary School remains open offering childcare for the children of key workers and the Doctor's surgery remains working by consulting patients over the telephone.

Looking ahead he Brookfield Hotel is organising a competition to how our appreciation to all the Key Workers that are keeping us going through this scary time we are running a competition for when they re open!

The overall situation in Emsworth is constantly changing - this week Tiers the Greengrocers issued the following statement;
" Over the last few weeks we have been working hard to deliver orders to as many of you as we possibly can. This has all been done in extremely difficult circumstances. Due to the on going restrictions and government advice we have made the heart breaking decision to close the shop TEMPORARILY for a period of 3 weeks from Monday April 6th. The decision has not been an easy one to make and will be the first time in 55 years that Tiers will not be open to serve the loyal people of Emsworth, but as a business the most important thing to us in these unprecedented times is the health and safety of all our customers and staff."
In normal times these E-Newsletters list upcoming events but obviously these have all been postponed or cancelled.  However, you can still find out what would have been taking place and, later in the year what's happening when the crisis is over on the Emsworth Online website HERE.

More news in Emsworth can be found in the EMMS, the spring edition of the Residents Association newspaper.

If you have any news about Emsworth that you are willing to share please contact Emsworth Online: info@emsworthonline.co.uk

To conclude please remember the simple message: Stay at home.......




Happy Easter to you all!




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